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    Jan 28, 2013 10:48 AM

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged former JP Turner and Company broker Dimitrios Koutsoubos for churning client accounts with conservative investment objectives. Mr. Koutsoubos's churning activity caused severe losses for clients, while he collected hefty fees. He served as a JP Turner registered representative from July 2000 until August 2009, and he is currently a registered representative at Caldwell International Securities.

    Churning is a fraudulent practice in which brokers ignore their clients' investment objectives and engage in excessive trading for the purpose of generating commissions. The SEC alleged that between January 2008 and December 2009, Mr. Koutsoubos churned two client accounts, which suffered approximate losses of $193,000.00. The SEC said that the trading in the accounts were excessive in light of Mr. Koutsoubos's customers' objectives, experience, age, and needs. Mr. Koutsoubos split commissions, fees, and margin interest totaling $845,000.00 with two other brokers accused by the SEC for churning client accounts at JP Turner. An administrative proceeding by the SEC against Mr. Koutsoubos is currently pending.

    Broker-dealers must establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system to protect customers from churning and similar abuses. If broker-dealers do not establish a reasonable supervisory system, they may be liable to investors for damages. In the case of JP Turner, the SEC found that adequate procedures were not implemented to detect and prevent churning. Therefore, investors who have suffered damages can bring forth claims to recover losses against JP Turner due to Mr. Koutsoubos's churning.

    Have you suffered losses as a result of Dimitrios Koutsoubos's churning? Did you have an actively traded account with Mr. Koutsoubos that the SEC did not review? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation.

    The most important of investors' rights is the right to be informed! This Investors' Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 30 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors' rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please visit our website,, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.

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